Toyota Logistics Services has awarded Norfolk Southern Corporation the 2004 President’s Award for overall logistics excellence among rail carriers, its highest award given to a logistics provider.

The award is based on performance in three categories: customer service, on-time performance and quality.

“It is an honor to be selected as the top-performing rail logistics partner by Toyota, a recognized world leader in quality and service,” said Ike Prillaman, vice chairman and chief marketing officer.

Norfolk Southern also received Toyota Logistics’s Excellence Award for On-Time Performance among rail carriers.

Since Toyota began presenting these awards in 1996, NS has won the President’s Award three times and the Excellence Award for On-Time Performance four times.

NS transported more than 56,000 carloads of Toyota vehicles during 2004, including those originating from NS-served plants in Georgetown, KY, and Princeton, IN.

Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 21,300 route miles in 22 states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada, serving every major container port in the eastern United States and providing superior connections to western rail carriers. NS operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is North America’s largest rail carrier of automotive parts and finished vehicles.